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6 posts categorized "Hitachi/Western Digital news"

March 31, 2014

Lots of construction cooking at Big Blue

Lots of construction is in the works on IBM's sprawling Rochester campus.

IBM buildinglogoSome final work still is underway in buildings 333 and 002 for Charter Communications. The cable-television provider is leasing those buildings to house an estimated $3.5 million expansion of Charter Business, its business-to-business division.

Charter says the expansion will add more than 140 jobs to its Rochester operations. The company is planning a ribbon-cutting ceremony for April 15 in Building 002 on the IBM campus.

While neither Charter nor IBM are discussing it yet, a permit also has been submitted to the city planning department for interior demolition of IBM's Building 005. Charter-business-logo

The permit describes the demolition as preparing the building for "Future Charter Business."  The value of this project is listed as $3.25 million.

Without information from Charter or IBM, it's unclear what this permit signifies. However, Building 005 is connected to Building 002, so it's possible Charter needs more space for its expansion and it possibly is leasing a third building from IBM.

HgstLook for more details about this project in the near future.

Meanwhile, HGST has construction of its own cooking in one of the buildings it leases from IBM. Western Digital's HGST, formerly owned by Hitachi, is working on a Crossfit workout center and locker room. That project is valued at $325,900.

Big Blue also has some construction in the works on its Rochester campus.

A permit has been filed for an "acoustic chamber upgrade" valued at $195,000 in IBM's Building 020.

January 28, 2014

Mayo Clinic to ramp up link to Dept. of Defense

My colleague Jeff Hansel is writing an article about Mayo Clinic opening an office called Mayo Clinic Department of Defense Medical Research Office to better connect with Dept. of Defense for contracts and research.

Watch for Jeff's article on this soon.

I've touched on this topic in past years, so I dug up some info about recent DOD contracts with Mayo.

MayodefenseSince 2000, Mayo Clinic in Rochester has received about $41 million from the DOD. About $37 million of that $41 million was paid out for "Research and Development - Missile/Space Systems - Advanced Development," according to federal government records.

The majority of that work is done at the Dept. of Defense Medical Research Office, which is in the Mayo Support Center on West Circle Drive. That office has long been spearheaded by Dr. Barry K. Gilbert.

Some of the recent projects, according to federal contract records, include:

• R&D Services for Development and Demonstration of Capabilities of Hybrid Supercomputer

• Development of Ultra-High Linearity X-Band Mixers

• Study of Energy Harvesting Concepts, Evaluation of Quantum Orbital Magnetic Resonance Technologies

•R&D Services for Study of Energy Harvesting System Concepts

• Optical Communications: Monte Carlo Model - Preparation of Full-Scale Optical Communications Test.

I can't pretend to know what much of that means, though I believe the hybrid computer deal has something to do with immunizations and fighting virulent outbreaks. The optical communcations, I think, has something to do with transmitting medical information between hospital sites.

I confess this side of Mayo has always fascinated me. Hopefully, the creation of this new office will mean more of a spotlight will shine on Mayo Clinic's interesting military work.

October 08, 2013

IBM leases Rochester buildings to Charter

IBM is leasing two buildings on its Rochester campus to the cable-television provider Charter Communications.

Both companies confirmed Monday that a lease agreement has been signed. After some retrofitting, Charter is slated to move into the 333 and 002 Buildings on the IBM campus along U.S. 52 North.

"We will maintain our current locations in the Rochester community, located at 3993 Heritage Place N.W., as well as the local call center, which is located at 5720 Bandel Road N.W.," she said.

IBM333She declined to provide further details.

A permit for interior demolition work  in the 002 Building, filed by Benike Construction of Rochester, specified that the work is being done for a "future Charter Business" office. Charter Business is the division of the cable company that sells Internet and telephone services directly to businesses.

The 002 Building was the home of IBM's blood donation center on the main level with offices on the second.

IBM confirmed the lease agreement but declined to provide other details. Spokeswoman Mary Welder did point out that leasing unused space on the campus was not something new for Big Blue.

Hitachi Global Storage Technologies has leased space there since IBM sold its hard-disk drive unit to Hitachi in 2003 for $2.05 billion. It's located on the west end of IBM's campus.

The 333 Building is located farther west than the 114 Building. It's near the power plant and utilities area. That two-story building is primarily an open warehouse/industrial space with a mezzaine level.

IBM's sprawling presence in Rochester has shrunk in recent years due to a series of layoffs and a shift of its local manufacturing operations overseas.

The technology giant closely guards the secret of how many employees work here or at any other individual site. During much of its history in Rochester, IBM would report its local workforce numbers at the end of every year. The last annual IBM workforce count was on Dec. 31, 2008, when the company reported that it had 4,200 employees in Rochester. Unofficial estimates place today's employment at 3,000 or less.

In April,  IBM moved its final employees out of the last 100,000-square-foot space it had leased in the "White Buildings", also known as the 41st Street Professional Campus. The 435,000-square-foot 41st Street campus, which is near IBM's main site, was originally built to house Big Blue's employees, but they were no longer needed as IBM's employee count shrunk.

August 04, 2011

Mayo Clinic's 1st permit for proton beam center

Mayopermitforjacobsontunnel Here's an interesting sign of things to come.

Mayo Proton Center - Rochester Exterior 09.13.10 Mayo Clinic filed a building permit application today to build the underground tunnel to connect the downtown Charlton Building to the future Jacobson Building, also known as the super duper proton beam radiation therapy complex.

The tunnel project is valued at $4.97 million on the application.

This is the $200 million or so project that Mayo Clinic first announced in November of 2010. In February, Mayo Clinic announced that a $100 million gift - its largest single donation ever - from Richard O. Jacobson of Iowa would help fund this cancer treatment center.

 

May 06, 2011

Mayo Clinic to add big data center in NW Roch.

Look for Mayo Clinic to build a 60,000-square-foot computer data center onto its Mayo Support Center in northwest Rochester this fall.

Mayosupport The facility that Western Digital built at 4001 41st St. N.W., but never moved into before that company pulled out of the Med City.

Building permits filed with the city show the center being added to the north side of the complex. The plans also mark off additional expansions to that area titled, Phase II and Phase III.

Mayo Clinic confirms the plans, but is not releasing any details about the data center at this point. It still requires city approval before it can start.

The project is on the agenda for Wednesday's City Planning and Zoning Commission. Mayo Clinic is asking for a Conditional Use Permit for the "Substantial Land Alteration" to prepare the ground for the expansion.

March 09, 2011

Western Digital's return and my correction

In my Tuesday column about Western Digital returning to Rochester by buying Hitachi Global Storage Technologies, I recounted some of Western Digital's history in Rochester.

And I also confused two facilities in northwest Rochester. Here's how I explain it and hopefully correct it in today's column.

Wrong building
Sigh.

I knew it was a big building that formerly belonged to a technology company that left Rochester and that Mayo Clinic took over.

4188392932_0574ce7b21_z-1 I just picked the wrong one.

In my column Tuesday, I made an error when reporting about Mayo Clinic taking over a complex built by, but never occupied by, Western Digital Corp.

The facility built by Western Digital at 4001 41st St. N.W. is now called the Mayo Support Center.

I was confused. I mixed it up with the nearby Superior Drive Support Center at 3050 Superior Drive N.W., which was a Celestica Inc. facility until that company left Rochester in 2003.

I apologize for the slip-up. Thanks to two Rochester real estate experts, Jim Miner and Shelli Wappes, who both sent me gentle notes to correct me.